Masked thief robs grocery store, holds employee at gunpoint

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MORGANTOWN, Ind. (August 31, 2015) -- An armed robber terrorized a grocery store worker as she showed up for her morning shift.

Morgan County deputies say a man was outside the IGA in Morgantown waiting for an employee to arrive. On Sunday morning, just after 6 o’clock, the armed robber pointed a gun at the woman and forced her to go inside the store.

“You just hate to see that come to our small community,” said Randy Wood, IGA manager.

Surveillance cameras throughout the store captured the nearly 10-minute attack. At first the victim refused to show the robber to the money.

“Maybe she fought a little too much I don’t know. She’s a little headstrong at times and it came out,” said Wood.

There was another female worker in the grocery store at the time but the robber only attacked this woman.

“He was telling he would shoot her, ‘Get up, take me to where the money is,’” said Captain Brent Worth, with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

She didn’t cooperate until the robber forced the woman to the ground and started dragging her.

“(It’s) really difficult to watch, knowing a person that you care about who is an employee of your store has had to go through that,” said Wood.

The robber was able to get away with some cash. No one was injured. Wood says the grocery store has dealt with overnight break-ins before but never an attack like this.

“Everyone feels a little violated and the customers are responding and they are sorry to see happened and you can almost see a tear in their eye,” said Wood.

This is one dedicated employee. Despite what happened, she ended up finishing her shift on Sunday. With extra security, she also showed up to work the next day to open up the store.

Investigators are working several leads, some of which came from social media. If you know anything that could help investigators call 765-342-5544.

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